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WPLG
WPLGlogo.png
Miami / Fort Lauderdale, Florida
City of licenseMiami, Florida
BrandingLocal 10 (general)
Local 10 News (newscasts)
SloganYour Problem Solvers Station
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels10.1 ABC
10.2 Me-TV
10.3 Live Well Network
TranslatorsW47AC Big Pine Key
AffiliationsABC
OwnerPost-Newsweek Stations
(Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc.)
First air dateAugust 2, 1957 (current license dates from November 20, 1961)
Call letters' meaningPhillip L. Graham
(in memory of the former Washington Post publisher)
Former callsignsWLBW-TV (1961–1970)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
10 (VHF, 1961-2009)
Digital:
9 (VHF, 1999-2009)
Transmitter power127.7 kW
Height309 m (1,014 ft)
Facility ID53113
Transmitter coordinates25°58′0″N 80°12′43″W / 25.96667°N 80.21194°W / 25.96667; -80.21194
Websitewww.local10.com
 
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WPLG
WPLGlogo.png
Miami / Fort Lauderdale, Florida
City of licenseMiami, Florida
BrandingLocal 10 (general)
Local 10 News (newscasts)
SloganYour Problem Solvers Station
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels10.1 ABC
10.2 Me-TV
10.3 Live Well Network
TranslatorsW47AC Big Pine Key
AffiliationsABC
OwnerPost-Newsweek Stations
(Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc.)
First air dateAugust 2, 1957 (current license dates from November 20, 1961)
Call letters' meaningPhillip L. Graham
(in memory of the former Washington Post publisher)
Former callsignsWLBW-TV (1961–1970)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
10 (VHF, 1961-2009)
Digital:
9 (VHF, 1999-2009)
Transmitter power127.7 kW
Height309 m (1,014 ft)
Facility ID53113
Transmitter coordinates25°58′0″N 80°12′43″W / 25.96667°N 80.21194°W / 25.96667; -80.21194
Websitewww.local10.com

WPLG, channel 10, is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Miami, Florida, United States. The station is owned by the Post-Newsweek Stations subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. WPLG's studios are located in Pembroke Park, and its transmitter is located in Miami Gardens. It serves Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and the Florida Keys.

History[edit]

WPST-TV[edit]

The station first signed on the air on August 2, 1957 as WPST-TV, as the second ABC affiliate in the Miami market, it was originally owned by Public Service Television, Inc., the broadcasting subsidiary of National Airlines. The station took ABC programming from WITV (channel 17), which ceased operations shortly after losing the ABC affiliation (the channel 17 allocation for the market was later occupied by PBS member station WLRN-TV).

A Congressional investigation of former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Richard A. Mack in 1958 revealed that a Miami attorney named Thurman A. Whiteside, working on behalf of National Airlines, had bribed the former commissioner to obtain the WPST broadcast license.[1] As a result, National Airlines was stripped of its license to operate WPST-TV.

A new channel 10[edit]

A group headed by Cincinnati-area broadcaster L.B. Wilson won the right to start a new television station on VHF channel 10. As part of an FCC-supervised deal, National sold WPST's assets to Wilson's group. WPST signed off for the last time on November 19, 1961. The next day on November 20, channel 10 returned to the air as WLBW-TV (after the owner's initials). Although it operates under a separate license, what is now WPLG claims WPST's history as its own.[2]

The new station branded itself as "Colorvision 10", referencing that it was broadcasting in color. In 1967, WLBW's operations moved to a new studio facility located on Biscayne Boulevard, originally known as "Broadcast House". In 1969, WLBW and Cincinnati sister radio station WCKY were purchased by The Washington Post Company and became part of the company's Post-Newsweek Stations subsidiary.[3] On March 16, 1970, WLBW-TV's call letters were changed to the current WPLG, named in memory of Philip L. Graham, the husband of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who committed suicide in 1963.


WPLG logo from 1998-2004

On January 1, 1989, the Miami market underwent a three-way network affiliation swap with WTVJ switching from CBS to NBC, WCIX (channel 6; now WFOR-TV, channel 4) switching from Fox to CBS, and WSVN (channel 7) switching its affiliation from NBC to Fox; WTVJ and WCIX (now WFOR-TV) later swapped channel positions on September 10, 1995. In both cases, WPLG retained its ABC affiliation and continued to broadcast on channel 10. As a result, it is the only television station in the Miami market that has never changed its network affiliation. Possibly because of this consistency, WPLG remains one of the highest rated stations in the South Florida market. In 2004, WPLG began branding itself as "Local 10" under the branding standardization adopted by Post-Newsweek for its stations.

From April 2007 to May 2009, WPLG was South Florida's most-watched English-language television station which can partially be attributed to its availability in the West Palm Beach market via Comcast which in turn had a potentially negative affect on the ratings for that market's ABC affiliate WPBF. However on April 13, 2011, Comcast pulled WPLG from its West Palm Beach area system. After the May 2009 ratings period, WPLG went to a single anchor format for its evening newscasts and its viewership fell behind CBS-owned WFOR, which took the #1 position among the market's English-language stations. However, WPLG remains a strong second place, tied with WSVN.

On July 18, 2008, Post-Newsweek Stations announced that it would purchase NBC owned-and-operated station WTVJ for $205 million. The purchase would have created a duopoly between WTVJ and WPLG – duopolies involving two "Big Three" stations ordinarily would be precluded under the FCC's media ownership rules, which require that one of the two stations involved an a duopoly must not be among the market's four highest-rated stations in terms of audience share; however during the May 2008 Nielsen ratings period, WTVJ ranked sixth overall in total-day viewership and WPLG ranked in first place, allowing the possibility of a purchase. Under the proposal, WTVJ would have merged its operations with WPLG at the studio facility under construction at the time on Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Pembroke Park upon the building's completion.[4] However, the sale was cancelled on December 23, 2008, with NBCUniversal and The Washington Post Company citing poor economic conditions and the lack of FCC approval.[5]

On March 28, 2009, WPLG relocated its studio facilities from 3900 Biscayne Boulevard to the new Pembroke Park facility. As a result of this relocation, all of the South Florida market's "Big Three" network stations are based outside the Miami city limits.[6][7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming
10.1720p16:9WPLGMain WPLG programming / ABC
10.2480i4:3LATVMe-TV
10.3Live Well Network

WPLG previously carried LATV on its second digital subchannel until April 24, 2012, when it was replaced with Me-TV.[8]

On January 24, 2013, Post-Newsweek Stations entered into an affiliation agreement to carry the Live Well Network on WPLG and Orlando sister station WKMG-TV; both stations added the lifestyle-oriented network in April 2013.[9]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On June 12, 2009, as part of the completion of the transition from analog to digital television for full-power stations, WPLG's digital signal relocated from VHF channel 9 to its former analog-era channel 10.[10][11] Three other local stations (WSVN, WPXM-TV and WLTV-DT) also moved their digital signals to their former analog channel allocation, requiring viewers to rescan their digital tuners. WPLG and WSVN are the only Miami stations that continue to broadcast on the VHF band.

Programming[edit]

Until the network dropped the program on August 28, 2010 (following Saban Entertainment's repurchase of the franchise from ABC's corporate parent The Walt Disney Company), the station ran the ABC Kids airings of Power Rangers on a week-delayed basis, airing from 5-6 a.m. due to the station's three-hour morning newscast (which at the time ran from 7-10 a.m.). Around the same time, it also aired the 9-10 a.m. hour of the Saturday morning ABC Kids block from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Power Rangers's then-recommended timeslot by ABC). The latter scheduling continues in use even after the network replaced ABC Kids with Litton's Weekend Adventure in September 2011.

Syndicated programs seen on WPLG include Katie, The Dr. Oz Show, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!. WPLG has broadcast Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune since 1988. Another syndicated program distributed by King World (which has since been absorbed by CBS Television Distribution), The Oprah Winfrey Show, also aired on channel 10 from its syndication debut in 1986 until it moved to WFOR-TV in 1999.[12]

News operation[edit]

WPLG former newscast open.

WPLG presently broadcasts 37½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and five hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). Since 1993, WPLG has used several versions of Gari Media Group's "The One and Only" news music package, which took its name from a longtime slogan used by the station from 1978 to 1997.

WPLG deployed the first helicopter in the Miami market used for newsgathering, "Sky 10", in 1979. The station became well known in the 1970s for its popular anchor team. From 1976 to 1982, Glenn Rinker, Ann Bishop, Chuck Dowdle and Walter Cronise anchored channel 10's newscasts. In 1982, Rinker left for another position in Orlando and was replaced by Mike Schneider. Schneider and Bishop anchored until 1986, when Schneider left to become the 5:30 and 11:00 p.m. co-anchor at CBS owned-and-operated station WCBS-TV in New York City and Dwight Lauderdale replaced him, becoming South Florida's first African-American nightly news anchor. WPLG adopted its current "10" logo in 1982.

By 1985, WPLG had surpassed rival WTVJ (channel 4, now on channel 6) in the ratings and would dominate the ratings for over ten years. Ann Bishop would continue to anchor on the station's evening newscasts until 1995, when she moved to a part-time position at the station until she succumbed to colon cancer in 1997. Don Noe joined WPLG in 1979 and was one of Miami's most popular chief meteorologists up until his retirement in 2007. On March 28, 2009, in conjunction with the station's relocation to its Pembroke Park studios, WPLG became the third Miami station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On August 22, 2011, WPLG debuted an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m., which replaced Dr. Phil after it moved to WFOR-TV.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

WPLG's primary news anchors are Jacey Birch (weekends at 6:30 and 11 p.m.; also weekday reporter); Jen Herrera (weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m.); Calvin Hughes (weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.); Laurie Jennings (weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.); Constance Jones (weekdays at noon; also weekday morning traffic reporter); Kristi Kreuger (weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:30 p.m.; also health reporter); Jason Martinez (weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m.); Neki Mohan (weekend mornings from 5:30-8 and 9-10:30 a.m.; also weekday reporter); Todd Tongen (weekend mornings from 5:30-8 and 9-10:30 a.m.; also weekday reporter).[13]

The station's weather team includes Betty Davis chief meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m.); meteorologists Trent Aric (AMS Seal of Approval; weekends at 6:30 and 11 p.m.), Julie Durda (AMS Seal of Approval; weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. and weekdays at noon), Roland Steadham (AMS and NWA Seal of Approval; weekend mornings from 5:30-8 and 9-10:30 a.m.) and hurricane specialist Max Mayfield.[13]

The sports team includes sports director Will Manso (weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m., and host of Sports Saturday/Sunday; also heard during coverage of University of Miami football on WQAM 560 AM), sports anchor Victor Oquendo (weekends at 6:30 and 11 p.m., also weekday sports reporter) and sports reporters Andrea Brody (also general assignment news reporter) and Aiyana Cristal (also fill-in sports anchor).[13]

The station's general assignment reporters are Sasha Andrade; Johanna Gomez; Baron James; Ben Kennedy; Roger Lohse (Broward County reporter); Liane Morejon; Glenna Milberg (Miami-Dade County reporter); Ross Palombo; Janine Stanwood; and Christina Vasquez. Specialty reporters are Michael Putney (senior political reporter; also host of This Week in South Florida, Sundays at 11:30 a.m.), John Turchin (chief investigative and crime reporter) and Jeff Weinsier (investigative reporter).[13]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

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